Crime in the Streets (1956) Don Siegel, John Cassavetes, Sal Mineo, James Whitmore, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Crime in the Streets (1956)
On a city’s mean streets, the boys join gangs at 15. Frankie leads the Hornets: he’s 18, seething, coiled. When a neighbor goes to the cops after seeing one of the Hornets with a zip gun, Frankie vows to kill the old guy, hatching a plan using Lou, who smiles and smokes, and “Baby,” the 15-year-old son of an immigrant shopkeeper. Ben Wagner, the social worker at a neighborhood settlement house, gets wind of the plan and tries to break through to Frankie. Frankie’s brother Richie, who’s about 12, worships and fears Frankie; he also figures out what his brother is up to. Is Frankie doomed to crash and burn at 18?
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Konopielka (1982) Witold Leszczynski, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Anna Seniuk, Joanna Sienkiewicz, Comedy, Drama

Konopielka (1982)
Kaziuk, a stubborn peasant and his pregnant wife live in a backwood village, unaffected by the civilization. The village is once visited by a couple of wanderers, and strange things start to happen afterward. A new schoolteacher is sent to the area. She stirs erotic fantasies in Kaziuk. In a stir of frustration Kaziuk cuts down a family tree – a sacrilegious act in the eyes of his family. Going a step further and using a scythe for cutting the rye instead of a sickle brings the whole village against him.
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Joi Baba Felunath / The Elephant God (1979) Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee, Parinita Banerjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Family, Adventure, Crime

Joi Baba Felunath (1979)
This is the second film about the detective Feluda (Soumitra Chatterjee) set in the holy city of Benares, where he (along with his cousin, Topshe and friend, Lalmohan Ganguly) goes for a holiday. But the theft of a priceless deity of Lord Ganesh (the Elephant God) from a local household forces him to start investigation. Feluda comes in direct confrontation with Maganlal Meghraj (Utpal Dutt), a ruthless trader. Maganlal makes the mild-mannered Lalmohan a knife-thrower’s target and threatens Felu to stop investigation. But there are several other suspects as an innocent artisan is brutally murdered, a shady ‘holy man’ holds court on the banks of the Ganges and an adventure-loving little boy (and his grand-father), brought up on crime thrillers. The climax is a shoot-out on the Ganges, followed by the unraveling of the mystery.
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L’air de Paris / Air of Paris (1954) Marcel Carné, Jean Gabin, Arletty, Roland Lesaffre, Drama

L'air de Paris (1954)
Once a professional boxer, Victor now has only one ambition: to coach a young amateur boxer to become a true champion. He immediately sees potential in a young railway worker, André, and, noting his enthusiasm for the sport, offers to train him. André accepts willingly, although he soon realises that Victor’s wife Blanche is not happy with the arrangement. She had been hoping that Victor would soon retire so that they can leave Paris and start a new life in the South of France. Andre’s attention is soon drawn away from his training when he starts to have an affair with a wealthy young woman, Corinne. In the end, he may have to choose between the woman he loves and his career as a world-class boxer.
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Quai des Orfèvres / Quay of the Goldsmiths (1947) Henri-Georges Clouzot, Louis Jouvet, Simone Renant, Bernard Blier, Crime, Drama, Music

Quai des Orfevres (1947)
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in order to get some engagements, he looses his temper and threatens Brignon with death. But Jenny went anyway to a rendez-vous at the old man’s, who is murdered the same evening. The criminal investigations are lead by Inspector Antoine…
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The President’s Analyst (1967) Theodore J. Flicker, James Coburn, Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Darden, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The President's Analyst (1967)
At first, Dr. Sidney Schaefer feels honored and thrilled to be offered the job of the President’s Analyst. But then the stress of the job and the paranoid spies that come with a sensitive government position get to him, and he runs away. Now spies from all over the world are after him, either to get him for their own side or to kill him and prevent someone else from getting him.
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The Princess Comes Across (1936) William K. Howard, Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Douglass Dumbrille, Comedy, Mystery, Romance

The Princess Comes Across (1936)
A Swedish princess boards an ocean liner in Europe en route to an acting career in America, and finds herself getting inconveniently attached to a bandleader returning home. To complicate matters, a blackmailer on board apparently knows she is not who she claims to be – and he has his sights set on other passengers with secrets of their own. In the meantime an escaped killer has stowed away under someone else’s identity, and is killing again to cover his tracks; five international police detectives on board are heading the investigation to find him. When evidence points to the princess and bandleader, they must find the killer themselves – before he finds them.
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